What’s up y’all? Cuba week continues on My Money Chronicles. I hoped you enjoyed reading Tuesday’s post about my adventures in Cuba. A lot of people were asking me questions about my trip as soon as I got back. I decided to do a question and answer post so that I could put all the answers in one place. If you’re planning on having some adventures in Cuba, this post is a must-read. Let’s get things started with the first question.
Where did you get your airfare?
I booked my flight on Southwest.com. They had the best prices when I was looking. There are other airlines out there. You just have to do your research and find the best price.
How long did it take for your visa to go through?
If you book your flight with Southwest, they will send you a link where you can order the visa. If you order it 72 hours before your flight, you can pick it up at a will-call desk at the airport in Fort Lauderdale or Tampa (It depends on which one you’re Cuba flight is departing from). You can purchase it at the airport, but the process will take much longer. I wouldn’t risk it.
What are the conditions of getting a visa?
On the website, you have to select your reason for going to Cuba. Read through the reasons and select which one is the best for you. Then, you just enter your name, flight date, flight number, and Southwest confirmation number.
Do Cubans like trap music?
Funny question. I really couldn’t tell. The music in the video was from my phone. During the other parts of the trip, I didn’t hear any trap music. They were listening to a lot of Cuban music though.
How was the food? What did you eat and drink?
The food wasn’t all that special. Maybe I didn’t go to the right spots, but a lot of it was bland. I had pasta, seafood, veggies, rice and beans, and a Cuban sandwich. I drank water, rum, beer, and whiskey. If I ever go back to Cuba, I’m definitely going to do my research and find some good restaurants to go to.
Favorite thing that I ate and drank?
The restaurants that I suggest are Biky’s and El Trofeo. I had some great shrimp and pasta at Biky’s. My favorite thing that I drank was their local beer. It’s called Cristal. It’s very popular over there.
What were the prices?
The food and drinks were very affordable. Most meals were under $10 CUC (Cuban currency). The drinks were cheap. The beer was $1-$2 CUC. The rum and whiskey drinks cost between $2-$4 CUC. Those are not happy hour prices. Those were the regular prices. You can’t beat that.
What type of visa did you get?
I got a Cuban tourist visa.
How long did it take for you to get it?
I ordered the visa on the link that Southwest provided on December 12th. I picked it up at the airport on December 18th.
What documentation did you provide?
I showed them my receipt and my passport at the airport. That’s all I needed.
Did you have to send in your passport?
No, you don’t have to send in your passport.
What happened when you arrived in Cuba?
They took one-half of the visa in customs and told me to hold on to the other part. I’d have to turn that one in on my departure from the country. They stamped my passport. No one said anything once I got back to the states.
What do things cost such as hotels, soda, and a candy bar?
Hotels are pretty expensive over there. A lot of them were charging $300 or more per night when we went. Their most popular soda was called Tukola. It was under $1 CUC in most places. Snacks were under $1 CUC.
How’s the internet? Is working from there an option?
The internet was horrible. There are Wi-Fi locations in Vedado and Old Havana. You have two choices for getting online. The first option is to go to one of the hotels that have it and buy an internet card. We went to the Habana Libre three times to use the internet. It costs $5 CUC per hour. It works but be prepared for that hour to go very fast. The second option is to purchase an internet card from a shop near some of the Wi-Fi places. It costs $2 or $3 CUC for an hour. The internet connection will probably go in and out though because it doesn’t have the strongest signal. Because of the price and lack of a strong signal, working from Cuba is probably not an option at the current time.
Where did you stay?
I booked an apartment on Airbnb. It was the most affordable option. I was also able to get a $35 discount because it was the first time using them. If you’re interested in using Airbnb and getting $35 off your first stay, click on this link and sign up today. The apartment was big enough for 3-4 people. I had a decent-sized living room and kitchen. It also had AC. Some places in Havana don’t have AC.
Book your room with Airbnb.
What kind of camera did you use to take your pics?
Do you have any recommendations?
Plan your trip today. You have to do a tour in one of the old school cars. You also have to try some rum and smoke a Cuban cigar. Smoking isn’t my thing, but I was in freaking Cuba. I had to do it.
Do you have any other Cuba questions? Have you ever been there before?
If you need some resources to help you when you’re planning your adventures in Cuba, check out the sites below.
If you want to stay in a hotel instead of an Airbnb, you can check out Hotels.com. They have a decent amount of rooms for you to choose from. Click on the image below to start your search.
You can find all kinds of info for adventures in Cuba on TripAdvisor. They have info on lodging, tours, and more.